7 Films You Can Hang as Art

Gone are the days of bulky, boxy TVs. Slim, sleek models are the standard now, and manufacturers try to outdo one another not just in technology, but also in aesthetic appeal. One of the features in these sets is that you can mount them on your walls, and thus they are more than ever able to integrate into the design of the space.

But the thing is, a black rectangle is just no fun on the wall. It isn’t art; it isn’t worthy to be framed. So fill that screen with any of these 7 awesome films! Each one is so gorgeously made that each frame is a truly visual feast. Pick one that goes well with your room, pop in the disc and hit play. Whether you let it run on or randomly freeze a frame, you’ve got art on your wall.

1. Amelie – 2001 – Jean-Pierre Jeunet

This movie has a beautiful, dreamy atmosphere of saturated reds and greens. It’s a charming, feel-good story filled with quirky characters, delightful montages, and bright splashes of vibrant colors.

Watch this film clip and imagine it playing in this room.

Predominantly white room with red and mint green accents

image from blog.hgtv.com

2. Hero (Ying Xiong) – 2002 – Zhang Yimou

Apart from the mind-blowing, Rashomon-like plot line, Hero features breath-taking photographyand thrilling and elegant fight sequences

Wall-mounted TV

3. In the Mood for Love – 2000 – Wong Kar Wai

This one is heady like wine. Wong Kar Wai’s images of 1962 Hong Kong are intoxicating, his pacing languid, keeping the viewer tantalized and teased by the story’s unconsummated romance.

Gold, red and white room, lit with yellow light

4. Dreams – 1990 – Akira Kurosawa

Before What Dreams May Come, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Inception (all wall-worthy films, by the way), there was Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams in 1990. It is a series of 8 short films filled with visions bizarre, rich, and pregnant with hidden meanings and symbols—just what you would expect of… well, dreams.

This clip’s from the segment entitle Crows, and is about a man who walks right into the world of Van Gogh’s paintings, and meets the artist himself, played by Martin Scorcese.

Top view of a den or living room

image courtesy of static-romance.org

5. The Fountain – 2006 – Darren Aronofsky

Apart from the beauteous cast (I mean, who wouldn’t want to gorge on Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz?), there are worlds and eras to see in The Fountain. The story spans centuries into the past and into the future, but the visual elements remain transcendent and glorious.

Den with wood and stone elements

from www.roomu.net

6. Sin City – 2005 – Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino

Every scene is a comic book frame here—high contrast, action laden, dramatically composed. This movie is so stylized and so stylish, even the really violent parts look awesomely artsy.

Artsy black and white room with wooden flooring

7. The Matrix Trilogy – the 1999-2003

What would the last turn of the century be without The Matrix? It defined an era in filmmaking, with its consciousness-altering premise, slick and polished special effects, and coronary-inducing fight sequences. This film trilogy offers hours and hours of spectacular visual stimuli.

Modern room with warm accents

image from contemporist.com

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5 Responses to 7 Films You Can Hang as Art

  1. Midori Tanaka says:

    This is just the most amazing post! So original – love the films you’ve chosen!

    • Nathalie Mariano says:

      Thank you so much, Midori! I’m glad you like it.
      These films are some of my favorites. I love watching them again every so often.

  2. Art Wong says:

    In the mood for love is one of the most atmospheric movies ever made… The beautifully haunting music will linger with you…

  3. Abi Fosca says:

    I’d love an updated version of this article! Are there any movies since this post which have made its way to this list? ;)

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